MacBook air + SD card + windows 7

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Aviatorr01, Oct 15, 2012.

  1. Aviatorr01 macrumors newbie

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    Hi all,

    I just have a question that I've been curious about.

    If you were to have a MacBook air with a 128gb ssd .. You inserted a 64gb SD in the slot, would you be able to use disk utility to install windows on the SD card? So that anytime you needed to use bootcamp you can jut put the SD card in and go on with business? Thus leaving valuable space free on the ssd.

    Sorry if it is a stupid question.

    Cheers

    - Aviatorr
     
  2. twintin macrumors 6502

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    I doubt it. However, you can use a virtualization program like Parallels and install W7 on an SD card that way.
     
  3. Aviatorr01 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    But to use parallels, wouldn't I have to have W7 already installed on the Air? Or does parallels do the install for you? (I'm not 100% sure how to use parallels, I've only ever used bootcamp)

    One other question to do with the SD card, if I were to install W7 via boot camp on the ssd. Could I then install a game onto the SD card in W7 and only put the SD card in when I want to play? Would windows be ale to locate the files alright? Again saving storage on the ssd.

    Cheers
     
  4. emoose macrumors newbie

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    Let me just say - apart from the partitioning issues -

    I have tried to run Vmware vmdk's and native file systems on both USB sticks and SD cards. Both are slow as heck and not worth the pain.

    I just use an external portable hard drive and everything is nice and fast.
     
  5. twintin macrumors 6502

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    Not at all. If you have access to an W7 installation disk, it will create a new installation for you as an ordinary file you can move around however you want. But as mentioned above, using an SD card is probably extremely slow.
     
  6. Aviatorr01 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ok no worries, thanks for the replys!

    - Aviatorr
     
  7. DackEW macrumors newbie

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    Hey guys, i'm getting my first apple laptop ever and I also wonder if a Windows 7 would be possible on the SD card? I understand you wrote SD cards are slow, but since than many years are gone and now possible to buy with 480MB/sec reeding speed. That speed would be perfectly enough for quick Windows experiences.
     

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